The past weekend saw strong results for British automotive engineering specialists TECNIQ, as the crowds returned in their thousands to the picturesque setting of 2022 Goodwood Revival. The specially commissioned Land Rover ‘Q40 Defender’ by TECNIQ caused a stir during the Bonhams Revival Sale, raising important funds for the Royal Air Forces Association, while TECNIQ’s Classic Racing division scored a prestigious victory in the highly competitive Sussex Trophy.
The comprehensive design and engineering programme has seen TECNIQ carry out a complete overhaul of the Land Rover during a dedicated year-long process. Re-engineering the Defender from the ground up, and all managed and facilitated in-house, the Q40 Defender was inspired by the iconic twin-rotored Chinook helicopter. The end result is a truly bespoke, highly refined, and engaging example of the famous off-roader.
The efforts and attention to detail evident throughout the vehicle did not go unappreciated, with the Land Rover proving extremely popular in the days leading up to the sale. There was significant interest from bidders at the event, as well as multiple parties via phone and online. Offered at no reserve, and in front of a packed auction hall, the sale saw bids escalate quickly before the hammer eventually fell at £120,000, with all proceeds from the sale going to the Royal Air Forces Association.
Commenting on the sale, TECNIQ founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Lempriere explained: “It is a really proud day for all of us at TECNIQ, seeing the efforts of the team and all those who have been involved in delivering the Q40 Defender achieve such a fantastic result for the Royal Air Forces Association. It was fantastic moment to see the vehicle on display and the interest it received prior to the sale, and hearing how much interest it generated from potential bidders around the world. The auction itself was a new experience for me, and the atmosphere was really exciting as the value continued to rise. We are proud to have created something as special and unique as the Q40 Defender, showcasing the capabilities of TECNIQ, and it is great to have built a strong relationship with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Forces Association over the duration of the project. The money raised is going to such a worthy cause, supporting the welfare of members of the RAF family, past and present.”
After the sale, Rachel Huxford, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Trading at the Royal Air Forces Association added: “On behalf of everyone at the RAF Association, I’d like to say a huge thank you to TECNIQ for their extraordinary generosity in gifting us the Q40 Defender, and for the enthusiasm and dedication they have continually put into this project that has made all of this possible. The auction of this exceptional vehicle generated an incredible amount that will enable us to make a real difference to the lives of RAF personnel, veterans, and their loved ones when they need it most.”
Action on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit also delivered a strong result for TECNIQ, as a Toijero-Jaguar prepared and maintained by the Classic Racing division took top honours in one of the weekend’s headline events. The Sussex Trophy is open to world championship sportscars from between 1950 to 1960, and a closely fought qualifying session saw the top-4 cars split by less than 0.15-seconds. The stunning 1959 blue and white Tojeiro-Jaguar ran faultlessly, sweeping to victory against a field of iconic sportscars and signing off a successful weekend.